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Ebola: NUT Prefers Oct. 13 Resumption Date Unless Nigerian Schools Have Protective Kits by Sept 22



The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) said on Tuesday that schools would resume on Sept. 22 only if adequate safety precautions were put in place, to avoid a possible spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

The National President of NUT, Mr Michael Olukoya, who announced this at a news conference in Abuja also gave the directive to members of the union to resume on the said date.

He said it was better to delay the resumption of schools until Oct. 13, the initial date set by the Federal Government, than to re-open them on Sept. 22 without providing the necessary protective kits and gadgets for both teachers and students.

``It is considered the opinion of the NUT and the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Health, in conjunction with the states and local governments, to put these gadgets in place.

``The government should use the period of the schools closure to organise intensive programmes for all teachers in Nigeria to properly prepare them to tackle the EVD situation when schools resume.

``These and other practical steps should be taken to shield the schools from any ebola incursion in order to effectively safeguard the schools from the spread of the EVD.’’

Olukoya said schools should be equipped with preventive and protective gadgets such as hand gloves, sanitisers, infra-red thermometers, scanners, running water and soap as directed by the Federal Government.

According to Olukoya, ``it is better to tread on a path of caution than to operate on shaky grounds of uncertainty and probability as that would be a catastrophe of unimaginable dimension.

``If by any act of omission, we rush to re-open schools and end up with even one primary or secondary school being infected by the virus, that would be disastrous.’’

He called on teachers to resume on the approved date, only if their schools were provided with the necessary protective gadgets.

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